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McArthur: Lessons must be learned from looked after children report

April 16, 2013 9:18 AM
Originally published by Scottish Liberal Democrats

Commenting on a report published by the Care Inspectorate today intoLiam McArthurLiam McArthur the deaths among children in care, Scottish Liberal Democrat spokesperson for children and young people Liam McArthur MSP said:

"The Care Inspectorate has made constructive recommendations which will ensure that lessons can be learnt from these individual tragedies. Solid partnership working between local councils and across the NHS is essential for spotting red flags and being ready to throw a lifeline to children coping with mental ill health.

"It is widely acknowledged that the outcomes for looked after children in Scotland are unacceptably poor. As I made clear in a recent parliamentary debate, however, we are also failing to provide adequate support to young people after they leave the care system.

"This report is a further reminder of the scale of the challenge that lies ahead and the reason we must strive to give every child in Scotland the best possible start in life."